Why counselling?


Why counselling?

Counselling can help people:

  • discuss their problems honestly and openly

  • deal with issues that are preventing them from achieving their goals and ambitions

  • have a more positive outlook on life

Jackie Ralph feels that counselling can be a positive way of addressing any unresolved issues you have and can help you understand your problems better.  It can also give you a better understanding of other people’s points of view.

A counsellor is trained to listen sympathetically to your problems and suggest ways to resolve issues and change your behaviour.

By discussing your concerns with you, the counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and actions, as well as suggesting ways to find your own solutions to your problems.

The counsellor may encourage you to identify issues and to take personal responsibility for them if appropriate. They can help you recognise the effects of other people and their actions, and explore alternative ways of coping with them.

It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and can help you reach a positive solution.

It is an opportunity to work with a skilled helper who can support you:

–         explore issues or problems that might be causing you difficulties in work, or relationships with family, friends and significant others;

–         gain a better understanding of yourself and your interactions with  others;

–          consider your options and make informed choices;

–         make positive changes;

–          find better ways of dealing with difficult issues or stressful situations.

Often, by having time and space to talk about concerns and issues in a caring and supportive environment, you can begin to gain an awareness and clarity that can help you move forward.

Although it may not feel like it sometimes, you are the expert in your own life.  A Counsellor is a facilitator, helping you to explore your own past and present, and supporting you in making the choices necessary for positive change and growth in these areas below, and other issues you may be struggling with right now.

Behaviours and beliefs that were ok in our childhood family, may not be working so well for us now, with friends, colleagues, or our ‘new’ families.  Or perhaps you did not have the chance to experience a proper family at all as a child, and this too will have an impact on how you live your life as an adult.  

Whether you want to look at what doesn’t work any more, or move on from a negative childhood experience and try to improve your life now, discovering more positive ways of being in ourselves and with others can bring about great change and improvement to our day to day experiences and relationships.

All it takes is the courage and motivation to want to change.



.    essential if you want to make changes in your life

.    an opportunity to make sense of your individual circumstances

.    a therapist helps identify the choices of change

.    full support is given during the process of change

The end result leaving you better equiped to cope with the future


Which path you choose to take is up to you but you can always try another one if it isn't the right one.

Which path you choose to take is up to you but you can always try another one if it isn’t the right one.